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Neil Ardley — Kaleidoscope of Rainbows
(AMP Records CD029, 1976/1996, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1997-10-01

Kaleidoscope of Rainbows Cover art

Now this is not at all what I'd expect this label to release, an album of Canterbury-influenced fusion. More like something that should be on Voiceprint. Ardley is a synth / keyboards player surrounded by an all-star list of guests — Ian Carr, Barbara Thompson, Dave Macrae, John Taylor etc. The music ranges from classical to electronic to jazz rock, yet bears a striking similarity to Ian Carr's Nucleus albums. The music is well written and shows a considerable amount of thought in arrangements. The fusion parts here are superb, dissonant, and sublime (reminding of Matching Mole or Hatfield and the North), full of atmosphere and great guitar work. A nice surprise, and a fine album especially with over 20 minutes of bonus tracks of electronic music that is much more at home on this label.

Filed under: Reissues, Issue 13, 1996 releases, 1976 recordings

Related artist(s): Ian Carr, Neil Ardley


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